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SI Grammar and Spelling Lab
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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4669I'm thinking "On the eve of" The same thought, an inconsistency Valuepro-9 hours ago
4668I'm thinking "On the eve of"DMaA-9 hours ago
4667I agree, it looks like an headlines editor failure. More correctly, it should rValuepro-9 hours ago
4666It seems to me this headline is wrong. It is about a union threatening to strikDMaA-12 PM
4665"I don't understand why spelling and grammar labs are needed." YoValuepro-Monday
4664I don't understand why spelling and grammar labs are needed. Spelling and grMadisonBark-Monday
4663Hello. Grammar is always changing. Every year someone changes it and students haMaximilianKoziy-Sunday
4662LOL And they forgot one it would appear. For consistency, should not "GooValuepro-September 13
4661[graphic]DMaA2September 13
4660Really fun video! One thing I neglected to mention in my previous post about Nospitsong-August 6
4659This one talks about the deep connection between French and English vocabulary DMaA-August 6
4658This talks about the influence of Old Norse on English. [youtube video]DMaA2August 6
4657On an unrelated note, it is said that the greatest tragedy in the evolution of mValuepro-August 6
4656The French that came into the language was the dialect spoken in Normandy in 106DMaA1August 5
4655For non-swearing example, "beef" "poultry" "pork" spitsong1August 5
4654georgemonck · 18 days ago · edited 18 days ago Hearing her act as ifTimF-August 5
4653Indeed, her preferences (if any) for what became engraved in the stone are unknoValuepro-August 5
4652As in dialogue, grammar rules don't have to be as tight on headstones ... espitsong-August 5
4651The headstone in itself is amusing. However, the only "error", if we Valuepro-August 4
4650[graphic] She misspelled Billy and RobinsDMaA2August 4
4649"...leeway to scribble strategically outside the lines..." Such a humValuepro1February 21
4648The comma inside the closing quote is typical for American English, but not necespitsong1February 20
4647What does the Ngram Viewer do? When you enter phrases into the Google Books NgrS. maltophilia-January 22
4646Hardest working man in history...Tom Clarke-January 4
4645In all fairness, James could have taken Harpers Ferry. [youtube video] [graphiJoachim K2January 3
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